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Sep 14, 2019

The off-season destinations you need to know about

Martha Hales

We've handpicked our top 5 countries, from Vietnam to Costa Rica, to visit out of season. With fewer tourists, cheaper flights and a better choice of activities and hotels, you'll be spoilt for choice.

MoroccoOmanCosta Rica, +2
Off the Beaten Path
Sep 7, 2019

Best books for travel lovers

Martha Hales

Providing an escape like no other, books about travel can transport you anywhere in the world and inspire your next adventure. We've rounded up some of our favourites including Leo Tolstoy's 'War and Peace', and 'Shantaram' by Gregory David Roberts.

RussiaBorneoKenya, +6
Great Journeys

So well organised!

"My travel consultant was superb"

tony from Norwich,UK
Costa Rica

Amazing holiday in Indonesia

"We have done so much in 2 weeks, been to some amazing places & met some fantastic people along the way"

Christine from UK
Sep 4, 2019

Our historical hotlist

Martha Hales

From Beijing's Forbidden City to the ancient mosques and minarets of Samarkand, we've gathered together our top 10 historical places to visit around the world.

GuatemalaCambodiaIndia, +8

Incredible holiday and superb customer service

"After finding them through TravelLocal, Poly and her team put together a bespoke holiday for me and I cannot speak highly enough of both the holiday and local expert's customer service"

Gavin from UK
Sep 1, 2019

The best cities in Brazil

Martha Hales

Wonderful, immense, vibrant Brazil is a world in one nation. The vast majority of the population live in cities, and there are many to explore. We have picked out a handful of our favourite Brazilian cities to give you an idea of why they make good destinations to include in your holiday plans.

Aug 27, 2019

KwaZulu-Natal: South Africa's hidden gem

Martha Hales

Soaring mountains call to hikers, fantastic wildlife and birding opportunities draw wildlife enthusiasts, and ancient rock paintings and memorials to historic battles cry out to culture lovers. Throw bustling Durban and a stunning Indian Ocean coastline into the mix and you have magical KwaZulu-Natal.

South Africa
CoastFood & DrinkWildlife, +2
Aug 23, 2019

Why Sri Lanka is still one of the best holiday destinations

Martha Hales

Sri Lanka is back on the map as a tourist destination, and we believe that travelling there now is more important than ever. The FCO advice against non-essential travel has lifted and the jewel of the Indian ocean awaits with the same bountiful joys that it offered before. All it needs is you.

Sri Lanka
Aug 20, 2019

Beyond Havana: Best places to visit in Cuba


Cuba is colourful and varied, with lush farms and forests, beautiful beaches and cities bursting with life and colour. Everyone knows Havana, but what about Cuba's other highlights? Have a read to find out our main highlights of this vibrant nation beyond the bustle of its capital...


Excellent South African self-drive holiday

"TravelLocal was not the first company I came across online. However, from their prompt replies and willingness to alter itineraries or plan based on my budget or other ideas I had soon set them apart from the competition"

Neil from UK
South Africa

Amazing trip!

"Our trip was simply fantastic! With the help of our local agent Evy we organized every detail"

Giulia from Italy
Aug 8, 2019

Best active holiday destinations

Martha Hales

We've gathered together our top destinations around the world for active holidays. From hiking to the summit of Mount Kilimanjaro to skiing in Kyrgyzstan, there's a trip to suit all adventure lovers and thrill-seekers!

South AfricaPanamaMorocco, +32
Walking & HikingCoastCycling, +2
Aug 3, 2019

Indigenous people of the world

Martha Hales

In celebration of the International Day of the World's Indigenous Peoples, we've gathered together our top itineraries which grant travellers the privilege of spending time with, and meeting, native communities.

BrazilIndonesiaGuatemala, +9
Off the Beaten Path
Aug 1, 2019

Take the family to Japan

Martha Hales

Japan is the ultimate family destination, with plenty to see and do for children of all ages. From riding the bullet train to meeting the wild deer on Miyajima Island, you'll be spoilt for choice when it comes to family-friendly activities!

Jul 23, 2019

The conservation successes of Belize

Martha Hales

Find out more about Belize's environmental success stories, including its commitment to the protection of jaguars in the Cockscomb Basin Wildlife Sanctuary and the removal of the Belize Barrier Reef from the UNESCO World Heritage in Danger list.


Just brilliant!

"My husband and I have just returned from a wonderful week in Oman"

Samantha from UK
Jul 17, 2019

Five of the best destinations for veggies and vegans

Martha Hales

There are lots of wonderful destinations that can offer great food to vegans and vegetarians! Whether they are simply understanding being part of a fasting culture themselves, or they just happen to have embraced vegetarian cuisine over time, these are our top 5 destinations for veggies and vegans.

JordanIndiaEthiopia, +2
Food & Drink
Jul 15, 2019

Top tips for visiting Petra

Huw Owen

Petra features on many a bucket list, and for good reason - the architecture is spectacular. However, it's a sprawling site and many visitors barely scratch the surface - so how best to make the most of your visit to Petra? We spoke to our local experts in Jordan to get you these top tips.

CulturalWonders of the WorldHistory
Jul 12, 2019

Hiking in Japan

Martha Hales

Japan has a wealth of natural beauty just begging to be explored, and what better way to see it than on foot. Travelling through fairy-tale glades, dense forests and ancient villages you get to see Japan in detail, pausing to absorb the lovely views or the microcosms of local life along the way...

Walking & HikingOff the Beaten Path
Jul 5, 2019

China's historical highlights

Martha Hales

Chinese culture and society is intrinsically tied to the history and legacy of the ancient empire. Discover more about their fascinating historic attractions, from the UNESCO recognised water village of Hongcun to the sprawling monastery of Labrang in Tibet.


Amazing trip to Ecuador

"We used a local agent through TravelLocal to plan a three week trip to Ecuador"

Anne from Denmark
Galapagos Islands
Jun 26, 2019

Where to see wildlife responsibly

Martha Hales

Wildlife watching is often the highlight of exploring a destination. Knowing how to responsibly see magnificent creatures like tigers and elephants within a country is crucial in ensuring that they will still be there for future generations. Read on to find out where and how to do so...

UgandaRwandaMalawi, +8
Jun 24, 2019

Top five things to do in Oman: The Arabia of your imagination

Huw Owen

Think of Arabia and you think of Arabian nights, rolling sand dunes, flowing white robes and faultless hospitality. Visit some parts of the Arab world and it doesn't always match the Arabia of your imagination. However, that's not the case with Oman...

Off the Beaten PathHoneymoonCultural, +2

Fabulous tour of Georgia and northern Armenia

"The tour was tailored for us by the local agent and ticked all the boxes we specified"

Tony from London, UK
Jun 19, 2019

The best things to do in the Falklands

Martha Hales

The Falkland Islands possess a stark beauty and much of their appeal lies in their wilderness regions where you can easily feel like the first person ever to set foot on your patch. Birds and the bountiful wildlife are a major attraction here, but by no means are they the only reason to visit...

Falkland Islands
Walking & HikingHistoryCoast, +1

Well organized trip to a wonderful country

"This past April we booked a customized trip to locations in southern Borneo, Central Java, and Bali"

Rachel from United States
Jun 15, 2019

India's Golden Triangle: The highlights and hidden gems

Martha Hales

If you trace a line from Delhi via Agra and Jaipur and back to Delhi you will have drawn the Golden Triangle. Many of the stunning sights on the route are amongst India's most popular tourist hotspots... but not all. Here’s our introduction to the highlights and hidden gems of the Golden Triangle.

ClassicOff the Beaten PathHistory, +3

Wonderful trip

"I went to Jordan with my 19 year old grandson , we had a wonderful time, every thing was planned brilliantly, but still felt independent "

Susan from West Sussex uk
Jun 12, 2019

Get to know Havana

Martha Hales

Overflowing with charm and soul, Havana is a city with attitude. Culture, coast and Cuban beats add up to a fantastic holiday destination ripe for discovery. Soak up the captivating atmosphere, take a spin in a vintage car, dine with the locals and learn to dance the salsa...